Eighth Game to be Played on Tuesday, Dec. 26th
Game officials announced that the eighth annual Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl pitting teams from the Big Ten and Big 12 will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. CT with a national television audience on ESPN.
"We’re privileged once again to host two premier conferences in the Big Ten and Big 12 within one of the truly historic venues in all of college football," said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl. "We're equally as proud to maintain out unending gratitude to all First Responders. Being able to honor these brave men and women is a source of pride for everyone involved with the Heart of Dallas Bowl and the Dallas community."
The Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl is the first bowl game in the country to honor First Responders. Representatives to be honored during the game include firefighters, police and EMS personnel. Tributes take place at the beginning of each quarter and presentations are made throughout the event. The pre-game fan fest also brings together first responder groups from all over North Texas, with a tailgate outside Cotton Bowl Stadium, showcasing hardware from participating units and community organizations.
Last year, the Army West Point Black Knights won an exciting 38-31 overtime contest against North Texas.
The 2017 Heart of Dallas Bowl is part of the 88th year of games being played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park, which features 227 acres of museums, attractions, history, art and performances located in the "heart" of the ninth largest city in the United States.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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